Since 1993, postal workers nationwide have collected millions of pounds of food each year through the Stamp Out Hunger program every May. However, the event was canceled this year and last year due to the pandemic.
To help fill the gap, postal workers in Newark are stepping up and organizing their own, modified food collection event later this month.
“We’ve never in the history of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive canceled, and we’ve had to cancel for two years in a row,” said Aishia Tolson, who coordinates the event for National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1977. “It just felt like in my soul, I needed to try to do something, anything, to try to help out in any way I could, especially for the people that we service in these neighborhoods every day.”
The food drive is set for June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Instead of leaving food by their mailbox for pickup, residents are asked to drop off non-perishable food donations at the post office on Ogletown Road. Postal workers will be on hand to help unload donations.
The food drive will benefit the Food Bank of Delaware.
“Hunger doesn’t stop. Food insecurity didn’t go away because the pandemic showed up,” Tolson said. “It’s close to my heart. I’ve been a victim of it, so I know what it feels like.”